Friday, February 17, 2012

Week 5

                                                                    February 13-17th
This week I really got thrown into the world of the library and upheld many responsibilities even though there were some mishaps. Monday was a pretty typical day in the library; I shelved, did computer work, and watched the kids work. But then the librarian gave me a new job. It was flannel book and fairy tale puppets, I basically had to inventory the items and put them in alphabetical order. It took a really long time to get them all in order and figure out what went with what but I eventually finished the librarian was pleased. Next I had to type a list so the teachers could find the items they may want more quickly. The librarian said this is closer to something I might be doing in a public library. I also started scrapbooking not only in the recent school year but I also got to start a book on their 50th anniversary. Tuesday which was Valentine's Day was really fun, I got to see the kids at their Valentine's Day party. I got to meet and mingle with a lot of the teachers. I also got to see the librarian read a Valentine's story to her class that day. It was so much fun! Wednesday I was very sick and I got a doctor's excuse to miss work. So the librarian gave me permission to miss as long as I needed. I also did not know if I was contagious or not. I still was very sick on Thursday when I returned to work but I got a new responsibility and I did it well even though I was sick. My new job on Thursday was to scan the pages of the future story so they could be projected onto PowerPoint. I even got to use a program called snag it and then used PowerPoint to insert the pictures I scanned into a slideshow. I really enjoyed this and I hope it turned out good. I really love all the work I'm getting to do. I will make up my hours but not next week due to Mardi Gras break. But I will be ready to take on the book fair soon enough. I hope I feel better next week.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 4

                                                                February 6-10th, 2012
I really took a leap into the world of library and the world of the school I work at. I really do so many things at my practicum, sometimes it gets repetitive weekly but I really enjoy it. This week was a very interesting and intense, the weeks are sure flying by as we prepare for our book fair. I have been doing a lot of paper work for the book fair. This week I got to check out books to the students. It was quite an experience getting used to the computer system that the librarian uses. I also finished the huge computer project I had been working on updated and tested internet access on fifteen laptops. The librarian decided to keep five of them due to the face they are about to get some new equipment in the library. Every two weeks the children get to check out books so not too often are their books to shelve. I probably only do that once a week or so. The librarian really has trusted me with more tasks a day lately and more difficult ones. This week the librarian asked me to start working on the scrapbooking for the current school year which is how they archive the events and pictures of the school. They have a student who is in charge of the archiving currently who was making copies of those current articles and scrapbooking them. The librarian told me she did not like it that way and that she wanted the original articles in there and wanted the scrapbook more presentable. So after I finished a few pages she took a look at the scrapbook and said much better. She said that I would now be in charge of the current school year scrapbook. The librarian also gives me lots of compliments and I really take pride in what I do. My favorite part of the week is when I get to witness the students one on one reading time and I get to hear them read. I really enjoy working with the students and watching them learn.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weeks 2 and 3

January 26-February 3, 2012
I decided to combine these weeks since I started on a Thursday. I couldn't wait to start my practicum. I was so anxious because I had never worked in a library before and this library is special. I could wait to work with the kids who had learning problems and see how smart they were. My first day, I learned to shelve books which I really did not fully understand until this amazing librarian showed me hands on. I had been in college so long I was used to the Library of Congress way of shelving but I learned. Once I was shelving and shelving, I put away 50 books rather quickly. I loved how the librarian also taught the kids the Dewy Decimal System as well. My second day, I learned about the computer lab which the librarian also runs. The kids come in a do the program Rosetta stone to improve their English language skills. My job was to turn the computers on and off every day for the most part and monitor the kids. My first Monday I learned about the scrap booking project the school is working on to preserve their legacy. I also stamped books and put stickers into them to let them know it belonged to our library now. Then the really interesting parts happened, I got to witness the librarian having her classes. The librarian told me she scans all the books into her computer and then types the words in PowerPoint so the kids can see it and understand it better. I watched the kids answer her questions for her lesson and watch them as she read them the story. I also started a big computer project. The librarian asked me to take out 15 old laptops and update them in antivirus and see if they connected to the Internet. It took one computer an hour and 15 minutes to update. They were really slow. I wrote down which ones were good and bad laptops. Later down on the road the librarian will decide if she wants to keep them or not. On Thursday, I cleaned the entire computer lab and dusted everywhere and also worked on the computer project. Friday I went in earlier then my normal time, because they were having a special Cat and the Hat program. The Cat in the Hat even came to visit the kids. It was really great to see the kids with the cat. I also cleaned and worked on the computer project. I really did not know how my first full week would go but it went great and I absolutely love working there.

Week 1

I did not start my practicum until a few weeks after school started, so week one I spend getting ready for my internship. Since my internship is at a special school I had to go to many meetings before they allowed me to start. I also have a lot of classes this semester because I am a double major in library and religion so I had to figure out how to fit 10hrs of working at the library into my busy schedule.It took days to get all of my hours straight and them to agree to them. But eventually we settled it and I got a date to start my practicum on Thursday, January 26, 2012. I was so excited!